I've done a lot of work on it this weekend. In fact, on Friday night I woke up around midnight unable to sleep because I had so many ideas, so I got up and I wrote 3 chapters in an hour and a half. Not bad, but thank goodness it was a weekend night because that wouldn't work on a work night like tonight!
Today I'd like to share another excerpt with you. This is from Chapter 6. Enjoy!
The viewscreen switched to a man with deep colored skin, curly brown hair and deep brown eyes. “Greetings ship. My name is Esau Norali. I’m a cleric with the Gnostic Order. With whom am I speaking?”
Paige jerked. That voice sounded so familiar, like the one from her visions. She composed herself quickly and pulled her jumpsuit straight. “My name is Paige Lybrand, Captain of the Callisto 2. We’re here to investigate the dark matter mass over your sector.”
Esau smiled nervously. “Thank you for taking my transmission. We’ve been trying to hail the other Earth sectors since the dark matter mass ppeared two weeks ago, but nobody will respond to our hails.”
“They might not be getting them. The dark matter is interfering with communications,” Molly said. “Do you have data on this dark matter mass?”
“It’s an incursion, and we desperately need your help.” Esau looked around nervously. Several hooded clerics behind him nodded in unison. “Captain, we’re aware that the Terran and Jovan Councils are considering action on us regarding the attack on the Middle Eastern sector, but there’s information you need to know. We didn’t launch those missiles. Those strikes were the result of the dark matter incursion and we need to stop it before they destroy more of Earth.”
“Wait, what do you mean?” Paige asked. “Who are ‘they?’”
“Captain, we’re getting another hail,” Janelle said. She stared at the console. “I’m not sure of the source. It has the same frequency as the transmissions I read from the dark matter, but it appears to be routing through the lunar communications satellite.”
“Split screen view,” Paige said. The screen split in half to show Esau on the left and the image of a tall man standing in a shadow in a cowl, covering his head. Paige stood and walked to the center of the bridge. “This is Captain Paige Lybrand of the Callisto 2.”
“Captain Lybrand, you’ve been warned.”
Paige raised an eyebrow and looked around at the bridge crew. Everybody nodded.
This was the man from their visions.
“With whom am I speaking. Show yourself!”
The man stepped out of the shadows and threw back his cowl. “I’m Esau Norali, head of the Gnostic Order. You’ve been warned. Retreat from the dark matter mass within thirty seconds or we’ll fire on your ship.”
Paige turned to face her crew, who were staring at the split screen images of Esau with dropped jaws. “Can anybody tell me what the hell’s going on?”